October 13, 2011
Arlington Celebrates National Friends
of Libraries Week
The Arlington Public Library will spend the week of Oct. 16
to 22 celebrating their Friends of the Library group as part
of National Friends of Libraries Week.
The Friends of the Arlington Public Library was established
in 1987 and has contributed, to date, $708,074 to the
Arlington library system. Currently, over 200 community
members contribute annually to the Friends group. Many of
these contributors also actively volunteer time to assist
the group with fundraising efforts that include the
semi-annual book sales and Book & Author Luncheons.
“The library has always played such an important role in my
life and in my family’s life,” said Friends president
Shirley McVay. “I truly enjoy being able to give something
back – being an active member of this group is fun!”
Celebration activities include special children’s programs
throughout the week based on the theme of friendship, and
“love letters” to the Friends group by library staff will be
posted in Arlington libraries for visitors to enjoy.
Director of Libraries Cary Siegfried said, “The funds the
Friends raise definitely puts icing on the cake. I think
most patrons would be surprised to learn how many of the
services and programs they enjoy are supported by the
Other officers of the Friends group include Mary Johnson,
Sue Crowley, Dorothy Rencurrel, Nancy Hester, and Barbara
Noble. Please contact the Friends at 817-548-9768 or
to find out how to become a member.